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Tech & ScienceBaidu overtakes Google in global smart speaker market

12:05  26 august  2019
12:05  26 august  2019 Source:

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Baidu is one of the biggest web companies in China, so naturally, it’s trying to take over the smart assistant market there, just as Google and Amazon Baidu ’s next product is a smart lamp / speaker called Sengled. It does all the things you’d except a smart speaker to do, but it’s also able to change

The worldwide market for smart speakers grew 210 percent year-over-year, according to research from Canalys.

Baidu overtakes Google in global smart speaker market © Photo by Sam Byford / The Verge

Chinese search giant Baidu is now the world’s second biggest vendor of smart speakers, according to a new report from Canalys. The research firm says Baidu overtook Google to capture 17.3 percent of the global market with 4.5 million shipments in the second quarter of 2019, representing staggering year-on-year growth of 3,700 percent. Amazon remains the overall leader with more than 25 percent share of the market and 6.6 million shipments.

Baidu’s AI speakers run on an AI platform called DuerOS. The company initially targeted the high end of the market with the Teenage Engineering-designed Raven H speaker (above), but that product apparently sold poorly. More recently, Baidu has pushed sales of much less expensive models, with the basic Xiaodu speaker selling for as low as 89 yuan (~$12). Baidu overtook previous domestic leader Alibaba in the first quarter of this year in China, according to Canalys.

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China has overtaken the U.S. to become the largest smart speaker market , reports Canalys. Last quarter the global smart speaker saw triple digit Baidu topped the market for the first time. Baidu had a stellar quarter building up from Q4 last year and the amount of marketing promotion around its

Smart speaker market share data from Canalys shows China reached 10.6 million units by growing nearly 500 This made China the largest smart speaker market , overtaking the US where 5.0 The global smart speaker market has reached 20.7 million units, returning to triple digit growth of 131%.

It’s worth noting, of course, that Baidu and Google aren’t direct competitors — Baidu sells its products exclusively in its home market, while Google sells its products almost everywhere but China. But Baidu’s explosive growth over the past year demonstrates the size and the dynamics of the Chinese AI ecosystem. Last year CEO Robin Li said in no uncertain terms that Baidu wouldn’t be worried by the prospect of Google re-entering China.

Google has the advantage of being able to address other countries, however, and an example of that is today’s launch of the Nest Hub (previously Google Home Hub) in India, another potentially huge market. The smart display is available now for 9,999 rupees, or about $139. Gadgets360 reports that Google is bundling Xiaomi’s Mi Security Camera with the Nest Hub as a launch promotion.

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